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Check out T-Mobile’s new military discount plan for troops, vets and families

By: Karen Jowers, Military Times, Mil Money, April 19, 2018 T-Mobile is rolling out some new weapons in its competitive arsenal, including some new discounts on wireless service for service members and their families, investing more than half a billion dollars in its network capacity on and around military installations, and hiring more veterans and spouses. Beginning April 22, service members (including active, Guard and reserve), retirees and other veterans, and Gold Star families can sign up for the T-Mobile ONE Military program beginning April 22, 2018 at and save. The plan includes a 20 percent discount on the first phone line ($55, down from $70) and half off each line after that: $25 for a second line, $10 for lines three through six. Taxes and fees are included in those prices; a family of four would pay $100 a month for wireless service. The service member or veteran must be the primary account holder, and must sign up for an automatic payment plan, for the family to qualify. If the service member is deployed, the wireless service will work through a family member to set up and verify the discount. Proof of service is required; for veterans without a military identification card, T-Mobile will accept other verification, including a DD-214. The discount also will be available to veteran-owned businesses, need info on business entrepreneurship go to

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Special Forces Legend Known As ‘Iron Mike’ Has Died

By: Drew Brooks, The Fayetteville Observer, N.C., on April 18, 2018, T&P on Facebook An icon of special operations and a man who at one time was the Army’s most battle-tested officer has died. Maj. Gen. Michael D. Healy, 91, died Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida, according to officials. The general served in the military for 35 years, spending much of his career at Fort Bragg. When he retired in 1981, Maj. Gen. Healy was the nation’s most senior Special Forces soldier. He was a veteran of wars in Korea and Vietnam, with his service in the latter spanning a decade and ending with him overseeing the withdrawal of troops from the country. And he was the inspiration for John Wayne’s character, “Col. Iron Mike Kirby,” in the 1968 film “The Green Berets.” Maj. Gen. Healy is also a former commander of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg. On Tuesday, the current commanding general of SWCS said Maj. Gen. Healy left an indelible mark on the organization. “Maj. Gen. Mike Healy is a true Special Forces legend, not only for his actions during war, but for his leadership and vision during a pivotal time in the Regiment’s history,” said Maj. Gen. Kurt L. Sonntag. “As the commander of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, then called the...

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Colorado event aimed at suicide awareness, prevention

By: The American Legion, Apr 11, 2018 Members of The American Legion, including student veterans at Colorado State University, will participate in an event aimed at raising awareness of and preventing suicide on April 22. Operation Bear Hug, spearheaded by the Student Veteran Organization at Colorado State, includes a 5k obstacle course, a resource fair and a concert. It was developed in 2016 after the suicides of two Colorado State students, both veterans. Alexandria Knappe, president of Operation Bear Hug, said the SVO wanted to make an impact by addressing the issue of suicide. “It has grown and moved directions a little bit, we focused a lot more on community than we originally anticipated,” she said. Originally aimed at getting students involved and aware, Operation Bear Hug has been successful at getting community members like the Legion involved, she said. The Department of Colorado has supported Operation Bear Hug since its inception, with Loveland Post 15 and CSU Fort Collins Post 1879 mentoring and volunteering. The first event, on April 23, 2017, raised $30,000 in support of suicide prevention, with 16 teams participating in the obstacle course. Department Commander Terri Clinton has made Operation Bear Hug her project this year and will be part of one of the teams participating in the April 22 event on Colorado State’s campus in Fort Collins. While the event has grown to address...

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Yellow Ribbon Program Covers College Costs that GI Bill Doesn’t

By: Katie Lange, Defense Media Activity So, you’ve served your time in the military, and you’re ready to go back to school. But did you know your Post-9/11 GI Bill might not cover all of the tuition and fees for the institution you’re interested in? The bill covers all tuition and fees for public schools. But if you want to attend a private or out-of-state school, it might not cover everything (read more about that here). But there’s good news – you can still get most, if not all, of the funds you need through the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program is an agreement between universities and the Department of Veterans Affairs to get former service members the extra funds they need for college. To qualify, you have to be at the 100 percent benefit level of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. First things first, though: not all universities and colleges participate. To find out if the one you’re considering does, click here. If you’re still interested, then keep reading! Next step: Applying to the program. Except there’s nothing to apply to – you’re essentially doing that when you apply to the university or college. All you really need to do is notify the school’s certifying official. “Where the GI Bill is given to the student veteran, the university participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and together they...

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“Agent Orange Settlement Fund” During the past decade, the Department of Veterans Affairs has received many inquiries regarding the Agent Orange Settlement Fund. That Fund, was created as a result of a private class action lawsuit settlement, involved neither VA nor any other executive branch agency of the Federal government. The Settlement Fund closed in 1997. Below is a brief history. The Agent Orange Settlement Fund was created by the resolution of the Agent Orange Product Liability Litigation – a class action lawsuit brought by Vietnam Veterans and their families regarding injuries allegedly incurred as a result of the exposure of Vietnam Veterans to chemical herbicides used during the Vietnam war. The suit was brought against the major manufacturers of these herbicides. The class action case was settled out-of-court in 1984 for $180 million dollars, reportedly the largest settlement of its kind at that time. The Settlement Fund was distributed to class members in accordance with a distribution plan established by United States District Court Judge Jack B. Weinstein, who presided over the litigation and the settlement. Because the plaintiff class was so large (an estimated 10 million people), the Fund was distributed to class members in the United States through two separate programs designed to provide maximum benefits to Vietnam Veterans and their families most in need of assistance: A Payment Program, which provided cash compensation to totally-disabled...

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